Release Blitz – From Dust by Freya Barker

Book: From Dust (A Standalone Novel)
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Dark / Suspense Romance]
Cover Design: RE&D, Margreet Asselbergs
Hosted By: Francessca’s Romance Reviews


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Pain punished her.

The bottle numbed her.

Guilt kept her trapped.

In the dark alley of a pub, the words “Please don’t” take hold of her heart and break the silence she seeks. Thinking herself beyond redemption, she tentatively grabs on to the slim thread of hope that unfolds inside of her.

Holding her secrets close, she can’t resist the comforting draw coming from The Skipper. The unconditional friendships it offers, the protective roof it provides, and the spark that its owner ignites in her—melting the frost off her heart, and slowly stripping away her resistance.

His life flows from one crisis to the next. Under the pressure of competition crowding him out of his family’s pub and the need to protect his children from the ruins of a bad marriage, he barely breathes. That is until a mane of strawberry-blonde hair and a set of big, pale blue eyes, shake him up.

He never expected the shadow of a woman he finds on the floor of his washroom to bring him the air―the balance and the light he’s been missing.

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“Jesus, Gunnar. Close the door will you? You’re gonna have Syd here quit on her first day!” Viv yells as she slams the stall door closed. Some mumbling and shuffling of feet follows and I’m glad to hear the washroom door slam shut as well. Syd? That little thing’s name is Syd? What kind of fucking name is that for a girl? My stream downgraded to a trickle, I shake off and tuck my business away, zipping up as I push open the door to get my hands washed. The washroom is empty. Seems Viv has taken her new charge out of here and is probably somewhere trying to calm the little bird down. Christ, she looked like she was terrified. Feel kinda bad about that but holy shit; my bladder was bursting and I find some weird chick on the floor of the men’s room. I splash some water on my face in an attempt to rinse away some of the travel fatigue etched on my face. I’m getting fucking old at forty-four.

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About the Author

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Freya Barker craved reading about ‘real’ people, those who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, hot monkey sex and some thrills and chills in their lives – So she decided to write about them. Always creative, from an early age on she danced and sang, doodled, created, cooked, baked, quilted and crafted. Her latest creative outlets were influenced by an ever-present love for reading. First through blogging, then cover art and design, and finally writing. Born and raised in the Netherlands, she packed her two toddlers, and eight suitcases filled with toys to move to Canada. No stranger to new beginnings, she thrives on them. With the kids grown and out in the world, Freya is at the ‘prime’ of her life. The body might be a bit ramshackle, but the spirit is high and as adventurous as ever. Something you may see reflected here and there in some of her heroines…. none of who will likely be wilting flowers.

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Other Books by this Author

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All Cedar Tree novels available with KINDLE UNLIMITED!

”CLEAN LINES” (Cedar Tree #4)
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”AGAINST ME” (Cedar Tree #3)
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“HUNDRED TO ONE” (Cedar Tree #2)
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“SLIM TO NONE” (Cedar Tree #1)
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I received this story as an unedited ARC and therefore can not comment on any errors that will be changed during the editing process.

First of all what can I say about Freya Barker’s From Dust other than I loved it from the word go. Sydney or Syd is broken, she’s homeless and living each day as it comes whilst trying to stay off the radar as she runs from her past. That is until she meets Vivian the manager of The Skipper who invites her to work there after the abrupt leaving of one of the staff. The character of Syd had me intrigued from the start, you can see she is hiding from something but it is hard to work out from what exactly as flashbacks give a brief glimpse into her past.

Gunner is the owner of The Skipper, a pub which has been in his family for many years. He has a tough exterior with a cuddly centre and is fiercely protective of his two children, Emmy and Dex, as well as his employees who he counts as family. His first encounter with Syd is as she is on her hands and knees in the men’s bathroom whilst cleaning as he barges in, in desperate need to relieve himself.
Other than the main characters Sydney and Gunner, I took an instant liking to Vivian. She’s kind and understanding but also fierce and simply put she takes no bull. Viv has been through hell herself in her own way and even without knowing Syd she wants to help in any way she can.

Each character was well rounded with backgrounds that helped you understand why they acted in the ways they did. With a little history for a majority of the characters it made you feel like you knew them a little better and also made them seem more real.

Everything about Sydney kept me guessing, why was she in the situation she was in and slowly through the story it is revealed as to what she has been through. The sexual tension between Gunner and Sydney on first meeting and from there on can almost be felt in the
writing and at some points I did wonder who was going to snap first. There are so many points in the book where I wanted to do nothing but hug Syd and tell her everything would be okay. I love a story when a writer can bring those emotions out in their readers, you also feel
happy when the characters do, and even close to shedding a tear when they cry.

But what exactly is Sydney running from, you will have to delve into the story to find out!

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  1. avatarFreya Barker

    Thank you so much for participating! xox


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